Our first open hive of the season will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 21 at the Cooper’s farm in Windham, hosted by Buzz, Paula and Mark. Master Beekeepers will be there to do guided hive inspections. Rain date Sunday June 22. Directions will be send via the Google Group email. These are great, hands-on, learning opportunities.
Presenter: Jacky Hildreth, Master Beekeeper
This will be a lecture style workshop discussing the causes of and reasons for honeybee swarms, how to manage and reduce the swarm impulse in your own colonies, how to make splits (artificial swarms) and how to capture swarms once they have left the colony.
Participants will learn the fundamentals of how to assess their colonies’ swarm preparations, how to make a split, what to have on hand to be ready to capture swarms, and how to make a “Swarm Trap.”
Each registered Participant will leave the workshop with one plant pot style swarm trap ready for use in his or her own apiary.
The purpose of this workshop is to begin educating our membership in methods of sustainable apiary management and prevention of nuisance bee issues.
6:30 to 8:30 PM, Mabel I. Wilson School, Cumberland, ME
Take Clearwater Drive from Route 1 in Falmouth. If you are coming from the south, it is a left, from the north it is a right. The turn is across the street from Bangor Savings Bank. After you take the turn you will drive past the side of Walmart.